How Social Media, The Internet, and Ham Radio Saved The Day After Hurricane Maria In Dominica


73,000 people—an entire nation—were completely cut off from the world,
with no phone, no Internet, and no power (and no food or water!) for
days after Hurricane Maria on the island nation of Dominica as a
Category 5 hurricane: here’s how social media, the Internet, and ham
radio all converged to save the day when everything we take for granted
in modern life failed. Ben Kuo, AI6YR, an amateur radio operator who got
, talks about what happened after Hurricane Maria hit Dominica at full
force, and how ham radio operators were the only link to and from the
island—and were instrumental in rescuing the Prime Minister, getting
word out to the international community about the crisis on the island,
helping to coordinate international evacuations and airlifts, and who
ended up directing medical evacuations, rescues, emergency water and
food, and much more. He also will speak about how radio operators
involved in the rescue effort in the Caribbean were also the first to
get word of the similar catastrophe hitting Puerto Rico—and what we can
all learn about how social media, the Internet, and ham radio can work
together in future catastrophes, including what might happen here in
Southern California if (when) the “Big One” hits.

Room 212
Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 11:30 to 12:30